A new contractor is to be sought to complete the £2.5 million Walls pier after Inverness-based Airport Civil Engineering (ACE) ran into problems and ceased work.
Last month ACE blamed bad weather and difficulties getting enough workers for falling behind schedule and deciding to call a halt until April.
But the contract has now ended following a decision taken in private by councillors on Shetland Islands Council’s executive committee this morning. The matter was tabled as an urgent item.
This afternoon the council and ACE said the decision had been taken to wind-up the contract following discussions. The council was concerned about delays in the pier being ready. Work began in April and it should have been finished in February but only about 30 per cent of the project had been completed.
Capital programme service manager Robert Sinclair said it had been agreed in talks with the contractor that ending the contract was the best way forward. “The council is now looking forward to getting the job finished. We’re confident of getting another contractor on board in the near future,” he said.
ACE managing director Martin Anderson, a former council roads engineer, said he was glad the matter had been resolved quickly and by mutual agreement.
The council said it would announce a new contractor in due course. It said its key priority was to deliver the pier for the Walls and Shetland communities on budget and without delay.